This August, StreetGames and Hull Futsal Club teamed up to deliver their first ever Futsal Festival at the University of Hull. This inaugural event provided the setting for over 70 local youngsters to showcase all of the flicks, trick and soccer skills they’d been honing as part of the StreetGames Pop-Up programme.

The programme itself began with a special Activator workshop - training up local staff and volunteers from six community organisations, and preparing them to lead 10 weeks' worth of exciting futsal sessions. These sessions were then delivered across a variety of local youth centres and Doorstep Sport sessions occuring within the Hull area.

The festival proved to be a fantastic display of everything that the young people had learned over course of the programme, with 9 teams battling it out to become 'Champions League' or 'Europa League' champions! The sportsmanship and teamwork on display was remarkable throughout, with young people of all ages competing against each other in a fun, friendly and respectful manner.

The festival also represented a real community effort, with Hull Futsal Club providing many fantastic volunteers and referees; the University of Hull offering up a top venue for play; St Michaels Youth project sourcing quality food and drinks for through Fareshare; and parents and new young volunteers also stepping up to help run the teams.

Well done to the festival's winners BBC futsal crew and JD futsal! Here's what some of those involved on the day had to say!

‘It was great to see so many young people, all ages, all levels of abilities, all walks of life, boys and girls, all having fun together in a sport many of they haven’t played before this programme started’. Rob, parent and volunteer coach.

‘What a brilliant event! It was many of our young people’s first time being part of a sports festival so nerves were high beforehand. However, they were settled straight away when the music came on, the food came out and the light hearted atmosphere of the competition became apparent. Our young people absolutely loved it and are already asking when the next festival is!’. Dave, community coach.

Highlights from the First Hull Futsal Festival, from StreetGames & Hull Futsal Club

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